the Dawn Treader was
first published 1 September 1952 in London by
Geoffrey Bles. First American edition published 30 September 1952 in
by Macmillan. It was released as a cloth-bound book. A paperback
not released until 1965 in England and 1970 in the United States.
1964 Fifth Printing Cover
covers featured the same art
by Pauline Baynes, although it has been colored differently for the
edition. While newer covers refer to this as the Third (or Fifth after
Book in the Chronicles of Narnia, the original cover makes no reference
Narnia. The fifth printing cover has one of Pauline Baynes's
illustrations of Reepicheep the Mouse, rather than the Dawn Treader sailing. This is
perhaps in response to the popularity of Reepicheep. The British
first edition featured an illustration of Reepicheep along the spine.
The fifth printing has no art on the spine. It also no longer has the
phrase "A Story for Children" on the cover.
The Voyage of
the Dawn Treader are highly
sell for hundreds of dollars at rare book stores. It has been difficult
tracking down a first edition of this book, partly because the book is
valuable. Also, many editions of the book that are not first editions
nonetheless cataloged as having been published in 1952. I have
problem with Sue Searing and with Alvan Bregman from UIUC’s Rare Books
they have confirmed that short of visiting every library in the World
system and physically looking at their copy of Voyage of the
Treader, it is impossible to tell
these books listed as a 1952 edition might actually be from 1952. To
report I have used a copy belonging to Professor Christine Jenkins, a
fifth printing from 1964. I have also used the websites of rare book
to find cover art for the actual first edition, and have corresponded
archivist at the Marion Wade Center at Wheaton College to get
the British and American first editions.
first British edition has 223
pages. The first American edition has 210 pages. Lewis made some
the American edition, which may account for some of the difference in
numbers. However, the changes made by Lewis were fairly minor and some
difference may be attributed to page layout or font size. The fifth
printing has [iv] pre-paginated pages (title page, an illustration of
the Dawn Treader, publication
information, dedication, and table of contents), followed by 210
of The Voyage
of the Dawn Treader was not
introduced by anyone. It was dedicated to Geoffrey Barfield, the
adopted son of
Lewis’s friend Owen Barfield. Except for The Last Battle (which has no public dedication), all of
books are dedicated to children known by Lewis.
the Dawn Treader was
illustrated by Pauline Baynes, who illustrated
all of the Narnia books. There is at least one illustration in each of
chapters and sometimes more.
the Dawn Treader is
printed in Baskerville. The print is about 2.5
millimeters high. It looks a little larger than the average font size
adult fiction book, but smaller than the font for a standard children’s
book.The top of every left-hand
page says The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” and the top of every right-hand page has
the chapter title in italics.
Overall, the pages look clean and attractive.The
white line art is printed crisply. The book is
20 centimeters tall by 14 centimeters wide.
The copy of the fifth printing I examined has high-quality paper that
has held up well. It has very slightly yellowed with time.
Description of binding
The British first edition was bound in
cloth with silver imprint. The American first edition was bound in
cloth with blue imprint. The fifth printing was bound in blue cloth
with black imprint, featuring a small image of the Dawn Treader sailing
with Reepicheep at the bow. The spine has become discolored in places.
Fifth Printing Cover Binding
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
By C. S. Lewis
BY PAULINE BYNES
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY - NEW YORK
COPYRIGHT, 1952, BY THE MACMILLAN
All rights reserved. No part of
this book may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means,
or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information
and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Publisher.
Fifth Printing 1964
PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF
According to Martha Sammons, “very
few original manuscripts of the original Narnia tales exist—only some
fragments” (24). No original fragment of The Voyage of the Dawn
Treader appears to have survived.
The Marion Wade Center at
a large collection of C. S. Lewis’s papers and manuscripts,
some fragments of The Silver Chair.
collection of C. S. Lewis’s papers, including photocopies of
Wheaton College’s collection.
Jacket copy, inscription, etc. Back jacket cover of the 1964
C.S. LEWIS author of The
was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898. Since 1925 he has
been Fellow and Tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he lectures on
English Literature. His popular novel The
Letters brought him wide acclaim in America an
established a cult of admirers who spread the good word about his other
novels--The Great Divorce, Out of the Silent Planet, That Hideous Strength, and Perelandra. Of his books for
children, the New York Herald-Tribune
has said, "The devoted adult audience of this distinguished English
author gave their children his first book about the magic land of
Narnia. Then discriminating young fairy tale fans begane to discover
them without adult help. Now we are apt to hear visitors to our own
book room say: 'Oh, those Narnia books are tops--the only really good
modern fairy tales.'"
COMMENTS ON The Voyage of the "Dawn Trader" "Those who are not
familiar with the land of Narnia to which C. S. Lewis has taken us in
previous books will want to know more about it after reading this
beautifully written, highly imaginative tale."
". . .
constitutes a juvenile odyssey that in excitement and beauty
surpasses even the preceeding volumes."
can read this or any family who reads this aloud will have
had a happy experience. Not necessary to have read the previous books.
. . ."
other of Mr. Lewis' books, one finds a strong poetic sense and
awareness of the loveliness and mystery of a universe which cannot be
wholly grasped by common sense."
New York Times
copy BOOK 3
OF THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA How King Caspian sailed
trhough magic waters to the End of the World.
Two English children,
Lucy and Edmund, are off again on another fantastic adventure--this
time aboard King Caspian's ship. They are reunited with the
swashbuckling mouse, Reepicheep; the dwarf, Trumpkin; and many other
friends from previous trips to Narnia. With their peevish cousin
Eustace accompanying them, they sail through transparent seas, past
islands where bad dreams come true, to a land inhabited by comic little
Monopods, and just escape being destroyed by a strange sea monster.
This is Eustace's first trip to Narnia, and his selfish behavior and
skepticism about magic causes him to be temporarily transformed into a
green dragon. But all turns out well when they reach the End of the
World--and even Eustace becomes a loyal patriot of Narnia.
The imaginative land of Narnia has become a real country to many young
readers. Pauline Baynes' beautiful line drawings capture the
magic seas and fantastic islands.
copy OTHER BOOKS
IN THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
BY C. S. LEWIS Readers
may enter the magical land of Narnia for the first time with any one of
BOOK 1: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe How Aslan, the noble
lion, freed Narnia from the spell of the White Witch.
BOOK 2: Prince Caspian How good Prince Caspian and his army of Talking Beasts conquered
BOOK 4: The Silver Chair
How captive Prince Rilian escaped from the Emerald Witch's underground
BOOK 5: The Horse and His Boy
How a talking horse and a boy prince saved Narnia from invasion.
BOOK 6: The Magician's Nephew
How Aslan created Narnia and gave the gift of speech to its animals.
BOOK 7: The Last Battle
How evil came to Narnia and Aslan led his people to a glorious new
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